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Here are some examples of life-changing experiences you should put on your list of things to do in Canada right now.

Orcas near Vancouver Island

Where: Vancouver Island, BC

When: April to October

Why you need to go: Thanks to its position in the Pacific Ocean, Vancouver Island is known as one of the best killer whale sightings in the world.

Whether you decide to go in search of these magnificent creatures by kayak, open-top boat or luxury cruise, you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled.

If that wasn’t enough, this place is also home to other species of whales, including giant humpback whales and gray whales. Do not forget your camera !

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Puffins in Newfoundland and Labrador

Where: Witless Bay Ecological Reserve, NL.

When: Anytime

Why you have to go: Is there anything sweeter than a puffin? Bird lovers flock to the Witless Bay Ecological Reserve and the town of Elliston just to catch a glimpse of these stunning feathered friends.

The reserve has one of the largest colonies of puffins in North America and they aren’t the only cool creatures here either.

Take a boat trip and you might also spot a whale along the way!

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Kermode Bear in British Columbia

Where: Princess Royal Island, Great Bear Rainforest, BC

When: June to October

Why you need to go: Not many people can say they’ve seen a Kermode bear (otherwise known as a spirit bear) in real life. A subspecies of the black bear, these magical animals are as rare as they are beautiful.

One of your best chances of spotting one is to go on a land or boat tour of British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.

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Moose in Alberta

Where: Jasper National Park, Alta.

When: Anytime, but keep your eyes open at dusk and dawn

Why you need to go: Undoubtedly one of Canada’s most iconic animals, you better ignore the moose if you’re in Jasper National Park.

The best time to look for these huge animals is at dusk and dawn, but be sure to keep your distance as they can be quite dangerous if provoked or frightened.

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Narwhals in Nunavut

Where: Eclipse Sound, Pond Inlet, NV

When: mid-May to early July

Why you need to go: As Canada is home to the largest population of narwhals in the world, it’s a no-brainer to visit them here. Otherwise known as the “unicorn of the sea”, you may have to see these mystical creatures in person to believe they are truly real.

For an authentic experience, connect with local guides in Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet or Resolute.

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Bison in Alberta

Where: Elk Island National Park, AB.

When: Anytime

Why you need to go: Although located just over 40 kilometers east of Edmonton, this national park is a one-of-a-kind wildlife sanctuary. Open all year round, it’s the perfect place to get up close to these magnificent animals (but don’t get TOO close!).

You’ll find tons of bison here, but that’s not all you’ll be able to spot. In addition to hundreds of bird species, there are also moose, deer and elk. There is also a dark sky reserve where you can get a great view of the stars and planets in the sky.

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Polar bears in Churchill

Where: Churchill, MB

When: September to November

Why you need to go: What better place to see these majestic creatures than the “Polar Bear Capital of the World?”

Residents of this remote Manitoba town share their home with polar bears year-round, and you’ll have a good chance of spotting them just by visiting.

If you really want to up your odds, you can take a ride in a special Tundra Buggy, specially designed to navigate the Nordic terrain.

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Grizzlies in Alberta

Where: Banff National Park and Jasper National Park, AB

When: April to November

Why you need to go: While you don’t want to encounter a grizzly unexpectedly or accidentally, seeing one from a safe distance is a valuable experience.

These majestic and iconic bears are solitary animals. To see one, consider a guided tour with experienced experts or guides, or perhaps a vehicle tour, to make sure you and the bears are as safe as possible.

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Belugas in Nunavut

Where: West Coast of Hudson’s Bay, NV

When: June to August

Why you need to go: If you find yourself in Nunavut, you’ll be in one of the best places on Earth to spot a beluga whale.

This arctic marine mammal (closely related to the narwhal) is incredibly rare to see in the wild, so you should take the opportunity if you visit the area.

A guided boat trip is one of the best ways to spot these striking sea creatures. Connect with a local guide in Arctic Bay, Pond Inlet, or Resolute for the best odds.

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Seals in Quebec

Where: Magdalen Islands, QC

When: February to March

Why you have to go: Each year, in February and March, tens of thousands of harp seals gather on the pack ice of the Magdalen Islands (Îles-de-la-Madeleine) to give birth. Keep an eye out for extra fluffy babies.

If you want to see them up close, you can take a seal-watching tour in the area.

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Creatures in Jasper

Where: Jasper National Park, Alta.

When: Anytime

Why you need to go: It’s not hard to see why Jasper National Park is a wildlife lover’s paradise.

Here, lucky watchers may find everything from groundhogs, chipmunks and ground squirrels to elk, mountain goats, moose, black bears, wolves and more.

Besides expert-guided tours, one of the easiest ways to find one of these creatures is to take one of the stunning alpine hikes in the national park or on the Canmore and Kananaskis trails.

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Before you go, check out our Guide to Responsible Travel to be informed, be safe, be smart, and most importantly, be respectful on your adventure.

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